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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Benders Grove still open?
« on: May 23, 2019, 08:17:39 PM »
Pickup only.

And he was active on this forum last night at 8pm. Thatís all anyone needs to know. File fraud with PayPal.

They look like Cuban May Beetles.not sure how helpful this is, but if you have a pool in your back yard with lights, leave them on over night and turn off surrounding porch/flood lights. By morning you'll have several hundred floating in your pool and the local grackles will have a fine buffet.

Not sure if this post is really all that helpful...

He was active as of 7:30pm this evening on the forum. He's reading this, and he's not responding for a week now. Conclusion: hes a scammer. Just like the guy who used to sell the giant yellow dragon fruit seeds, but never showed his plants or sold cuttings. He disappeared from his own thread for over a year now and despite being called out by me, spaugh and others a few times, never responded. And yet he's active on this forum often. He was on two weeks ago

I think we need a sticky thread at the top with any and all info we have regarding known and suspected scammers. Of course, we don't want to incriminate anyone hastily, so of course, the accused can have their opportunity to present their case and have their name removed. Thoughts anyone? A perm-thread to warn forum users about known scam artists?

BTW: the name of the dragon fruit guy was Carlos Batista who goes by "DragonFruit101" and lives in Kissimmee. Has a facebook page but I won't post here. Here's his last thread:

He got run off of a Dragon Fruit Growers facebook group because of all of the salty former customers on there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Glenn mango- ready or not
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:24:36 PM »
Definitely getting into Blue Jay and Squirrel ripeness territory, though. If you are starving or have limited fruit set on that tree, I'd consider covering them with an organza or mesh bag. Glenn perfume is irresistable early in the season! And you still have another week or two...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop fruiting in living room.
« on: April 20, 2019, 09:05:00 PM »
Wow! well done!

Got zero blooms off of my coconut cream, Angie, and Keitt - first time ever. Everything else was half bloom (even my Glen, which has never disappointed ... until now). Gonna be buying some mangos this year to feed the habit...

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeeds
« on: February 14, 2019, 09:05:54 PM »
Forgot to post here a while back. Mike sent me some extra cuttings last month and most are already producing new growth and small roots in a jar of water.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hi everyone! Been a while!
« on: December 22, 2018, 02:21:22 PM »
Mike, do you have E4 sugarloaf in stock? Or if not, in the spring do you expect to?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mexican mangosteen flood tolerance?
« on: November 11, 2018, 12:34:22 PM »
Do you mean Luc's Mexican Garcnia sp.?
If so, they can take massive amounts of water, like Jaboticaba. I have had my potted trees in tubs of water for a couple months at  time with not perceived ill effects.  I think I recall Raul showing one growing on the side of a river bank.
That said, they do prefer shade for the first 2-3 years. I have had most of mine in shade for that amount before introducing them to direct S. Fla sun. They tend to burn.

Keep in mind that my oldest trees are 4-5 years old and have not yet flowered for me.

This has been my assumption for a while now. He has a facebook page if anyone has tried to contact him there. Or at least he had. If he doesn't respond soon, maybe I'll write him a letter.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pre-Order Kwai Muk seeds!
« on: September 12, 2018, 09:33:11 PM »
Is it possible to swing by and pick them up rather than have them shipped?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: September 02, 2018, 12:03:16 PM »
I really hope I am wrong, but could be laurel wilt. Any sign of holes or frass in the brown wood (frass looks like sawdust "toothpicks" emerging from the wood).?

Orkine, don't know how long you've been growing avocados so don't take this wrong but avocados drop/replace leaves several times a year. What you have may be nothing more than normal leaf senescence or may be a case of phytophora with all your rains.  I've sent off black avocados sticks to the U. of Florida tissue lab analysis services and those folks are excellent.  Also, there are quite a few products that nail phytophora as a soil drench and or leaf spray.  Magnabon CS2005 is one of them.  It's a systemic.  Frank Miele is from your neck of the woods and developed it.  It's also OMRI certified if you happen to roll that way.
No offence taken Mark and rest assured, I will always take advice and feedback from experienced folks, even when not delivered as nicely as you do :)

This tree is one of two I had and used to be a Lula before I grafted it to Oro Negro (scions from Carlos) a few years ago.  I have seen it drop leaves but this looks different. It is over the entire tree with complete die back of limbs after the leaves drop.  The fruits are wrinkled and seem to be drying out.  Here are a few pictures.

This other one below, I fear may be the future of this tree.  It was a vigorous productive Monroe (at least so I thought) that was knocked down by two storms, propped back up both times, and it looked like it was coming back.  Then started deteriorating just the same way the Oro negro is now.  It is dead now and I will take a chain saw to it soon.  I will leave a stump in the off chance that I am wrong and it is not dead.

I am trying whatever I can to save the tree, sentimental reasons (first successful graft ever).  However, I am looking at the silver lining, if this dies, I will have space for one of the many plants in my seedling areas in need of a spot in the yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Galaxy Mango
« on: August 11, 2018, 11:55:32 PM »
Perhaps. Were you the one looking for Kesar?
I suppose Bender got a mislabled bunch. I can't identify the tree. The only thing is has in common with a Keitt seedling is its lanky growth habit.

Post back if your friend's tree ever fruits.

Will milk be made available to us?

Excuse me, Dick, uh, Rob. You'll find out the answer to that question next mango season.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Galaxy Mango
« on: August 09, 2018, 09:31:59 PM »
So this year I got 8-10 fruit on my 5 year old, potted tree. I picked them early, middle, and let some drop. Not a one turned remotely dark. Mostly yellow, very round (and clean) fruit, with some green. Fairly fragrant, deep orange fiberless flesh. However, the last one ripened about 2 weeks ago. So definitely not late season - more mid. Taste was mediocre/good but deteriorated very quickly once completely ripened (drops). So not late season (I'm just harvesting my Keitts now).

In short, I think I got a mislabled plant (or else, Mike Bender did). Anyone else have a similar experience? Bender's grove used to source them direct from PIN. Bought it newly grafted in a 1 gal. I imagine we have other posters on here who have the same plant. I'd like to know your experiences.

BTW, its a 15-gallon for $50 if interested in pickup.

Hi, Carlos.
I ordered from you last year and my seedlings are doing well. I noted that several posters have asked about pictures of both the fruit or in particular the grown plant. I too would love to see them. Also, do you intend to sell/trade cuttings any time soon?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Zill adventure Tuesday
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:02:38 PM »
One more thing about the Sugarloaf mango.
I think that I have perceived of another quality of Sugarloaf that is rare and that is tasting is so damn dependent on where it is in its ripening cycle that from one day to the next you could go crazy over it or say itís nothing special or even dislike it. I think that Sugarloaf may stand out above the rest also because the window of ripening pleasure could be huge. And this is sooooo important because it stays green with the only ripening clue being touch. This quality will more than compensate for not giving clues to ripeness.

This sounds like the elusive "front yard by the sidewalk mango. Hiding in plain sight from the two-legged mango thieves...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: COTRG stem/limb die back?
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:19:59 AM »
I quit growing them just because of that. Have heard similar stories from others. No sure of the cause though.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Kratom
« on: June 26, 2018, 01:42:16 PM »
Thanks for all of the responses guys. I placed an order with Brad. Still good to hear anyoneís experiences with the growing, propagating, harvesting if theyíd care to comment here.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Kratom
« on: June 22, 2018, 11:58:31 PM »
I know itís not a fruiting plant, but I know many of us grow more than just tropical fruit. Curious if anyone grows this and if so what varieties? Iím interested in a trade or outright purchase. Looking for someone stateside, preferably Florida.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: High rainfall == Low brix?
« on: May 29, 2018, 09:34:10 PM »
Was commenting to my wife about this. She got all excited about the quantity after the cold snaps, but as soon as I saw all this precipitation I began to worry about the quality. Everything in my yard has been bland, even my Edwards. I have an absolutely loaded Glenn that I fear wonít be worth the headache to harvest.

Hope Iím wrong and the sun starts baking down the sugars...

Thanks Alex. Received the budwood in great condition yesterday and grafted them on this afternoon.
Will check back with you on th PPK and Fruit Punch when they are ready.

Alona is my fastest grower. It blooms year round but fruits start to ripen in June or July and it goes on till November. Silas Wood and Makok are both heavy producers

Thanks for the info guys, if Alano blooms year round would that mean it would fruit all year round? Sorry Iím a bit confused   ???

Alex, weíre in the same neighborhood, probably similar soil and weather conditions. My alano is in full bloom right now, but does often get a second or third bloom. Fruit stay on the tree a long time, and my tree is quite mature. That said, I only have a month or two out of the year where there is either no bloom or no fruit.

Great tasting, super sweet, grainy, small sized fruit.

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